After Explosion, Texas Tech Committee Aims to Make Safety "Automatic"

Science Careers -In its October 2011 report on the 2010 lab explosion at University (TTU) that maimed a graduate student, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board leveled blistering criticisms against the the university's lab-safety culture. According to pair of front-page articles on 5 January in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the experience has led TTU and some other Texas universities to make changes in how they think about and deal with safety.

In its October 2011 report on the 2010 lab explosion at University (TTU) that maimed a graduate student, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board leveled blistering criticisms against the the university's lab-safety culture.  According to pair of front-page articles on 5 January in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the experience has led TTU  and some other Texas universities to make changes in how they think about and deal with safety.

Before the explosion, the four or five faculty members on the TTU chemistry department's safety committee met "infrequently," the Avalanche-Journal reports. Now, a departmental safety committee consisting of 5 faculty members, 4 graduate students, 3 members of the university's environmental health and safety department, and 2 each of postdocs and undergraduate students meets every other week.  The group also sends out regular safety notices and fields 3-person teams composed of a faculty member, a grad student and a staff member to carry out unannounced safety inspections.

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